Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth is reabsorbed (or shrinks)…

This often leaves an inadequate amount of bone in your jaw and can hinder restorative treatment plans such as dental implants and may eventually make it impossible for you even to wear dentures. In these situations, it will usually be necessary for bone augmentation procedures to be completed as a preliminary step for dental implants.

With advanced technology we now have the ability to grow bone where required…

This is an essential part of treatment for those who do not have enough bone for their opted procedure. By growing bone, we are not only able to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to fully restore functionality of the mouth and enhance aesthetic appearance. The bone graft procedures we perform are:

  • Sinus lift procedure
  • Ridge-augmentation

These procedures may be performed separately or in combinations, depending on your condition. Dr Wilson has undertaken a series of specialist workshops in augmentation procedures with a world authority Dr Istvan Urban from Budapest.

Bone grafts can be taken from:

  • Inside the mouth,
  • In the area of the chin
  • The third molar region
  • In the upper jaw behind the last tooth

In more extensive situations, a greater quantity of bone can be attained from the hip or the outer aspect of the tibia at the knee, though this is uncommon.

Bone graft surgery…

These surgeries (excluding extra-oral bone grafts) are in hospital under I.V. sedation or general anaesthesia. After discharge, limited physical activity is recommended for one week.

Cleft Palate Surgery

In many patients with cleft lip/palate, it will be necessary to place bone into the jaw in preparation for the eruption of the permanent canine/lateral incisor (generally between age 9 and 12). This procedure is usually undertaken in combination with some orthodontic alignment and is completed in hospital. In most instances, bone is taken from the hip to place in the gap in the jaws.